Happy Fourth of July

Thank you to all the brave men and women who have fought and fight for our freedoms.  Also, thank you to all the brave men and women citizens who dare greatly in entering the arena of speaking truth to power to keep them accountable, transparent, and honest for the good of our nation and fellow citizens.

Theodore Roosevelt said that speaking out against criticism of the President “is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

 Article: The President-Reject ( discussion on this quote by Roosevelt), article quote excerpt:

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— Theodore Roosevelt, The Kansas City Star, 7 May 1918

 

Is the best possible source of information about those in power (who may seek to dodge problematic questions/issues by social media spinning) obtained solely from the power holder’s twitter/facebook  media account rather than from critics/press and other challenging sources?  Shouldn’t those in power also respond to the press?  Is that not why our founding fathers established the right of the press to freely exercise so that “we the people” could have an independent and honest source of information?

Trump Admitted He Tweets To Avoid Reporters — Media Shouldn’t Let Him Get Away With It

 

 

 
 
 

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